EURAU

European Research in Architecture and Urbanism

EURAU is a network of schools and researchers in Architecture and Urbanism, which meets biannually in a symposium to share their investigations.

EURAU's main concern is to establish these meetings as a place of debate and discussion of contemporary discourses in Architecture, City and Town Planning. This is a committed action organized by University and contributes with the Europe 2020 Strategy towards a smart, sustainable and an inclusive society.

The French Ministry of Culture initiated EURAU in 2004. Since then, a series of international editions have taken place and now with the participation of hundreds of researchers from around the world, it is impossible to stop. The series organized by different Schools of Architecture have been around the following themes:

  • 2004

    École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille
    "On Doctoral Research"
  • 2005

    École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et Paysage de Lille
    "Large Scale"
  • 2006

    Association des Instituts Supérieurs Brussels-Liège-Mons (IESA)
    "Cultural Heritage"
  • 2008

    Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
    "Cultural Landscape"
  • 2010

    Facoltà di Architettura dell’Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
    "Venustas / Architettura / Mercato / Democrazia"
  • 2012

    Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
    "Public Space and Contemporary City"
  • 2014

    Faculty of Architecture of the Istanbul Technical University
    "Composite Cities"
  • 2016

    “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest
    "In Between Scales"

The School of Architecture at Alicante University organizes EURAU18 with the theme RETROACTIVE RESEARCH: Architecture’s capacity to challenge and extend the limits of other disciplines.

9th Congress

Retroactive Research

Architecture’s capacity to challenge and extend the limits of other disciplines.

Keywords:
architecture / urbanism / uncertainty / serendipity / disciplines / industry / society / hope

LEGO is a game with small plastic blocks that follows a system of perfectly scheduled connections. Although it is intended to build a particular design, it also offers the possibility to place each of its parts in any possible place, inviting us to construct new realities.

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An interdisciplinary research of architecture is something that society demands from our profession. Furthermore, in many countries that are currently immersed in a recessive economic process, it is the only possible solution.

In that context, it is urgent to clarify the scope of our projects:

Those whose ultimate goal consists of going beyond the limits of other disciplines through the application of architecture. Starting with Architecture’s capacity to learn from other disciplines and to follow their guidelines and techniques, we will build and offer new specific tools. With these new tools, our research will provide the opportunity to challenge and expand the boundaries of those original disciplines.

Traditionally, architecture supported itself by various branches of knowledge to advance its proposals:

  • Structural Knowledge: Gothic, High-Tech...
  • Artistic Trends: Surrealism, Constructivism, Deconstruction...
  • New Materials: Polymers, Metallic glasses...
  • Technological Advances: Self production (3d printers), Software...
  • Economic Changes: Rationalism, Postmodernism...
  • Political positions and Conflicts: Neo-regionalisms, Post-colonialisms, planning regulations Anti-demonstrations, Locking of neighbourhoods and cities...
  • Environmental Crisis and Natural Catastrophes: Technical Codes, bioclimatic architecture...
  • Social organizations: urban gardens, Collaborative networks...

While the resulting architectures are excellent examples of applying these areas of knowledge, our interest lies in the reverse process: how the discipline of architecture can cause changes in others. It is an applied research that extends its scope to a prior discourse that originated in the past. That is to say, becomes a Retroactive Research.

Gentrification, Democracy, Integration, Gender, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Patents, Space Syntax, Demography and Welfare, Urban Orchards, Energy and Transport, Ecology, New Materials, Collaborative projects... are just some of the issues that we include. These are as many as the fields where architecture can contribute to their development.

An important consequence of this methodology is the imperative specialization. Whether it is serendipity, making a fortunate discovery by accident - or when both students and architects feel an urgent need to include an external expert in the process as an important link with reality.

In the end, the architectural project is an effective document that not only establishes a program but also defines the author as an entrepreneur, understanding this quality as a position that opens the door to different types of practices that architects can exercise: from running a professional architecture office, to teach, to do interior and furniture design, to write, to design digital scenarios, to work in social associations, to collaborate with research centres...

Topics

Critical pedagogies
It refers to those practices that focus on the activation of the critical dimension of learning communities. This is done through multidisciplinary approaches, a use of transgressed methodologies and the consideration of ways of teaching as architectural practices in its full rights.
Ecological policies
It refers to those transformations of contemporary culture that affect the architectural project redefining its scope, its capacity of resistance, its laboratorial condition, its techno-affective dimension and its ethical demand.
Material practices
It refers to those perspectives that reconsider the role that matter plays in the processes of transformation of the world. It pays special attention to its distributed agencies, dynamism and intelligence.
Urban metamaps
It refers to research developed in the area of data visualization and interpretation for the study of cities. The data retrieved from virtual technologies, such as social networks, web services or other open sources, could shed light on the analysis and diagnosis of diverse urban phenomena.
European urbanization
It refers to people’s movements and materials across Europe and its borders as well as the urban processes that these movements activate or transform; with an emphasis on how architecture extends and modifies social science research in this area.
Citizen-centric smart cities
It refers to research aimed at humanizing the initiatives of smart cities that relates to the citizen as a receiver of actions. Actions that improve quality of life and / or serve to transmit information for planning and designing smart cities.
Sustainable multi-functional lanscapes
It refers to research issues related to planning or project strategies in which landscape has a multi-functional role as well as meeting sustainability criteria.
Other proposed topics related to the themes of the symposium will also be considered.

Program

Keynote speakers

Izaskun Chinchilla
Izaskun Chinchilla is one of the most interesting figures of today´s Contemporary Architecture due her strong commitment to innovation. Her projects become multidisciplinary exercises by incorporating ecology, sociology and science into architecture, which makes it meet with the complexity of real life in our contemporary world. These can be seen in the City of Dreams in New York, Garcimuñoz Castle restoration, ARCOMADRID 2016 pavilions as well as in research works run in her studio in Madrid and her unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
Santiago Cirugeda
Santiago Cirugeda founded "Recetas Urbanas" in 2003, an architectural studio that develops subversive projects in different areas of urban reality. Its role is to help coping with our complex social surroundings. His projects remind us of the enormous control we are subject to. He responds to that control with systematic occupations of the public spaces, done through a negotiation process that questions legality / illegality, as well as show us the means of liberation.
Jose Mª Torres Nadal
Architect and former Professor of Architecture Design at Alicante University, José María Torres Nadal, his work, ideas and life are strongly connected to what the Architecture School of Alicante represents today: offering the students the independence to propose what Architecture is and, what is more, what it should be in the future. This is a methodology that Torres Nadal has developed through his recognized built work, classes and lectures, performances and installations, as well as festivals, with a strong affinity between Art and Architecture. Even to develop concepts like “Ecologizante” as a theoretical frame for the Design Project.
TER
TER is an architect, author, musician, and Youtuber. Creator of the Quality Diagram of Celebrities and author of the new theory about Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor, she questions the golden ratio as the ideal proportion and raises a new unit of measurement based on Kim Kardashian’s bum. Her Youtube Channel shows her love for nature, glitter, Flemish primitives, and, above all, how Architecture can be among even in things you would never expect it to be.

Organization

Honour Committee

Manuel Palomar Sanz

University President, Alicante University

Amparo Navarro Faure

Vice President of Research & Knowledge Transfer, Alicante University

International Organization Committee

Javier Sánchez Merina

Alicante University

Farid Ameziane

National Superior School of Architecture of Marseille, Founder of EURAU

Roberta Amirante

University of Naples Federico II

Madalena Pinto da Silva

Porto University

María José Pizarro Juanas

Madrid Polytechnic University

Meltem Aksoy

Istanbul Technical University

Zeno Bogdănescu

Former Rector, University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest

María José Martínez Sánchez

Birmingham City University

Emeritus EURAU:

Gülsün Sağlamer

Former Rector, Istanbul Technical University

Joaquín Ibáñez Montoya

Emeritus Professor. Madrid Polytechnic University

Alicante Organizing Committee

Almudena Nolasco Cirugeda

Alicante University

Ángel González Avilés

Alicante University

Clara García Mayor

Alicante University

Daniel Sirvent Pérez

Alicante University

Ester Gisbert Alemany

Alicante University

Isaac Montava Belda

Alicante University

Joaquín Alvado Bañón

Alicante University

Leticia Serrano Estrada

Alicante University

Raquel Pérez del Hoyo

Alicante University

Scientific Committee

Adonis Kleanthouse

University of Nicosia

Cyprus

Aleksandar Dundjerovic

Birmingham City University

UK

Almudena Nolasco Cirugeda

Alicante University

Spain

Ángel Benigno González Avilés

Alicante University

Spain

Angela Petrou

University of Nicosia

Cyprus

Arda Inceoğlu

MEF University, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture

Turkey

Arzu Erdem

Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design

Turkey

Beatrice-Gabriela Jöger

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

Romania

Carla Garrido

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Carmine Piscopo

University of Naples Federico II

Italy

Christian Frost

Birmingham City University

UK

Clara García Mayor

Alicante University

Spain

Cosmin Caciuc

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

Romania

Daniel Comsa

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

Romania

Daniel Sirvent

Alicante University

Spain

Elodie Nourrigat

National Superior School of Architecture of Marseille

France

Enrique Nieto

Alicante University

Spain

Ester Gisbert Alemany

Alicante University

Spain

Farid Ameziane

National Superior School of Architecture of Marseille

France

Fatma Erkök

Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture

Turkey

Federico Soriano

ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University

Spain

Filipa Guerreiro

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Francisco Barata

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Françoise Pamfil

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

Romania

Gisela Lameira

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Gülsün Sağlamer

Former Rector, Istanbul Technical University

Turkey

Isaac Montava Belda

Alicante University

Spain

Javier Girón Sierra

ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University

Spain

Javier Ruíz

ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University

Spain

Javier Sánchez Merina

Alicante University

Spain

Jieling Xiao

Birmingham City University

UK

Joaquín Alvado Bañón

Alicante University

Spain

Joaquín Ibáñez Montoya

ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University

Spain

José Luis Oliver

Alicante University

Spain

José Parra Martínez

Alicante University

Spain

Julian Williams

Westminster University London

UK

Leticia Serrano Estrada

Alicante University

Spain

Maria Luna Nobile

University of Naples Federico II

Italy

Madalena Pinto da Silva

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Marco Trisciuoglio

Politecnico di Torino

Italy

Maria Hadjisoteriou

University of Nicosia

Cyprus

María José Martínez Sánchez

University of Birmingham

UK

María José Pizarro Juanas

ETSAM, Madrid Polytechnic University

Spain

Markella Menikou

University of Nicosia

Cyprus

Marta Oliveira

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Meltem Aksoy

Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture

Turkey

Nurbin Paker

Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture

Turkey

Orfina Fatigato

University of Naples Federico II

Italy

Ozan Avcı

MEF University, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture

Turkey

Pablo Martí Ciriquian

Alicante University

Spain

Paola Scala

University of Naples Federico II

Italy

Pelin Dursun Çebi

Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Architecture

Turkey

Raquel Paulino

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Raquel Pérez del Hoyo

Alicante University

Spain

Roberta Amirante

University of Naples Federico II

Italy

Rodrigo Coelho

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Rui Póvoas

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Teresa Cálix

Faculty of Architecture, Porto University

Portugal

Zeno Bogdanescu

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning

Romania

Editorial Committee

Javier Sánchez Merina

Alicante University

Pablo Martí Ciriquián

Alicante University

Enrique Nieto Fernández

Alicante University

José Parra Martínez

Alicante University

Contact

Titulación de Arquitectura
Departamento de Expresión Gráfica, Composición y Proyectos / EPS4
Alicante University


Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (SPAIN)

Tel. +34 965 903 654
eurau@ua.es

Alicante

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Alicante University
Architecture Final Year Projects - Alicante Unversity
Casa del Mediterráneo
Benidorm Beach
Tabarca Island

Accommodation

Apart from the long list of hotels and hostels in the city of Alicante, many students at the Alicante School of Architecture are willing to collaborate by sharing their flats free of charge. If you are interested, please indicate in your registration.

Important Dates

Submission date for extended abstracts 15 March 2018
Acceptance notification 15 April 2018
Early Bird Registration deadline 22 April 2018
Standard Registration deadline 1 June 2018
Deadline for revised abstracts 1 June 2018
Symposium EURAU18 Alicante 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 September 2018

Call for papers

Registation and fees

EURAU values very much the generous effort of our participants when sharing their research. To meet with that generosity, the organizers of EURAU18 Alicante reduce the Registration Fees to the minimum, and offer a Presentation bonus at the Symposium for given presentations.


Registration fees:


Per Author

Early Bird

Standard

Professional

250€

300€

Student (includes PhD students; proof provided)

175€

225€

Companion and General Audience

100€

150€



Presentation bonus:


To Presenters of Papers

All the presenters will be paid for their contribution
100€ (VAT included).



The registration fee includes:

  • Admission to all parallel sessions.
  • Admission to all keynotes conferences.
  • Access to EURAU18 Proceedings (digital format of the revised abstracts).
  • Author Certificate / Attendance Certificate (for general public and accompanying persons).
  • 3 Lunches and 4 Coffee breaks.
  • Reception event.
  • Gala dinner.
  • Bus to Benidorm.
  • Boat to Tabarca Island.
  • A present for a memorable moment.

Notes:

  • One author registration can cover a maximum of 2 papers. The supplementary Paper has a fee of 200€.
  • Refund and Cancellation requests must be received in writing before the 15th of July 2018. There is a 50€ service charge for refunds on registrations. Bank taxes must be paid by the participants.
  • We inform you that your personal data will be included in a file under the responsibility of Alicante University with the objective to evaluate your Final Paper approval for its presentation at this event and manage your participation in case your contribution is accepted. Your data will not be given to third parties except for legal obligations.

Submission of extended abstracts

Our last aim is to attract participants by offering an environment of inspiring presentations and debates. EURAU18 invites students, researchers and professionals from multiple fields: Architects, anthropologists, artists, designers, engineers, economists, writers, geographers, historians, sociologists, urban planners, among others will join their forces with specific vision articulated in scientific articles.

Since EURAU18 is conceived as a symposium in progress, we will ask only for Extended Abstracts. You are not required to submit a full paper.

English is the official language of EURAU18 symposium. The word limit of the Extended Abstracts is 1.200 words, without including notes and bibliography. The abstract should be submitted, specifying the topic it addresses, using the template available in our Alicante University Online Conference Service (OCS) at the EURAU18 REGISTRATION.

International experts, who are members of the Scientific Committee, will assess the Abstracts. The review process will be Double-Blind Peer Review according the topics.

The length of the presentations of the Extended Abstracts selected by the Scientific Committee will be 15 minutes and organized around parallel thematic sessions. You will be informed about the reference of your session and the time of your presentation 4 weeks before the event. If you have any personal request on when to present your paper, please send us an email with your preference.

The EURAU18 Proceedings with all the selected Extended Abstracts will be produced by a prestigious academic publisher, and available to all participants at the symposium.

After EURAU18, a further selection of the presented papers will be made according to the debate in the Parallel Sessions and they prepared as articles to be published in prestigious magazines, such as RITA, Cuaderno de Notas, or in a special issue of [i2] investigación e innovación en arquitectura y territorio. Furthermore, the aim is to publish a book with the title RETROACTIVE RESEARCH.

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